The Digital Version of Hoarding

The Digital Version of HoardingHoarding has been defined as accumulating things to the point that these items are no longer useful and may even be constituted as trash. While hoarders are often imagined as people drowning in clutter filed living spaces, a new form of hoarding has emerged that’s less conspicuous, one that many of us may even be guilty of: digital hoarding.

In an age where everything is downloadable to our PCs or can be sent via email, we may rely to much on the internet and everything digital that we may find it hard to dispose of any data we have in store, much like how hoarders keep things and grow attached to them.
Mark Carter, who admits being a digital hoarder says he has 24,000 MP3 files, 4,000 digital books, 2,000 CDs, 3,000 family photos saved on DVDs and at least 1,300 saved emails, including some from 20 years ago. “I save these things mainly because I worry they may vanish from the Net or that I’ll want them sometime when I’m away from my Internet connection,” he says.
“Digital clutter doesn’t beget mice or interfere with walking around the house,” says Kit Anderson, past president of the Institute for Challenging Disorganization, a nonprofit in St. Louis, that studies hoarding behaviors. “But it’s more insidious because no one else is going to insist that you get help.”
For more on this emerging type of hoarding, read Drowning in Email, Photos, Files? Hoarding Goes Digital

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